Tissue Culture section of VSI produces true to type and disease-free sugarcane plantlets using apical meristem culture technique. The section so far has produced and supplied more than 10.30 million plantlets of different sugarcane varieties to the sugar industry and sugarcane growers of Maharashtra and other States like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa.
Features of tissue cultured sugarcane plantlets
The plantlets are true to type and disease free sugarcane plantlets.
98-100% survival of the hardened plantlets under field condition.
If one hectare tissue cultured plantlets planted seed plot is raised by planting 15,000 plantlets per hectare planting material for planting 20 to 25 hectare is obtained in 10 months duration if 3 eye-budded setts are used for planting.
Quicker and more than 95% germination ability of the planting material obtained from tissue cultured plantlets
Planting material obtained from tissue cultured plantlets if used for commercial plantation there is increase in sugarcane yield to the tune of 28 to 30 tons per hectare.